Toolbox Talk for Interior Designers

We’re hosting another of our Toolbox Talks, a development day for Interior Designers, on Thursday March 10th.  We are joining forces with Artisans of Devizes and Clayworks, natural stone and clay plaster specialists respectively, who like us, believe in doing things properly. We will all talk through the processes of our craft and what is necessary in our toolbox with the aim of providing better knowledge and understanding of materials and skills to enable more efficient commissioning.

Artisans of Devizes, have 25 years’ experience of sourcing and supplying natural stone and tiles. They will share their in-depth knowledge of natural stone; the basic geology and mineral make-up of the most common stones used and their suitability for different applications. They will provide tips on what to look out for and the questions to ask when specifying natural stone as well as useful troubleshooting advice.

Clayworks are an award winning manufacturer of naturally pigmented and environmentally friendly clay plasters. They will share their story and talk to us about the extraordinary interior design solutions that can be achieved with clay plasters such as mimicking polished concrete, traditional plasters and stukko.  Learn about what makes clay different from other plasters and why it is becoming a firm favourite amongst some of the worlds leading designers.

Our own Sean Sutcliffe, Benchmark’s MD  and a furniture maker for over 30 years, will give an interactive talk sharing samples, notes & sketches to provide a better understanding of wood  with particular emphasis on finishes and maintenance so that you commission more effectively.

It’s an informal day with lots of opportunities for discussions and questions.  The day starts at 10.15am for coffee followed by the talks from each of our experts.  We’ll break for lunch (cooked by our Chef Jo) and afterwards, in the afternoon, there is the opportunity to tour our workshops and chat with our experts about specific projects.

Both Benchmark and Artisans of Devizes now have CPD accreditation from the BIID. Our Toolbox Talk and workshop tour is worth 8 CPD points.

With great feedback from our previous days and limited places, we advise early booking.

“…a really informative and fun day at Benchmark. A truly impressive experience where passion and enthusiasm ripples throughout…”

“Thank you so much for such a great day yesterday. Wonderful hospitality and very informative lectures. Really enjoyed it.”

“Just a quick thank you for the fantastic Toolbox Talk yesterday.  The talks were very inspiring and helpful …and the whole team were very welcoming.  It’s great to take time out to refuel the creative juices and see what’s possible.”

CARE TO JOIN US? Please email  For those travelling by train, we can collect from Kintbury station at 10.17am.

Posted on: 10th February, 2016 By: Benchmark Category: Events & Exhibitions